PEAC Health & Fitness Supports HomeFront with Food Drive and Art Display
November 1st-30th, 2014
PEAC Health & Fitness will support HomeFront of Mercer County in two ways: with a non-perishable food collection for HomeFront’s food pantry and a display of original works of art produced by the members of ArtSpace at HomeFront’s Family Preservation Center. Located in Lawrenceville, NJ, HomeFront is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Central New Jersey.
Through the food pantry, HomeFront distributes approximately 700 bags of free groceries to low-income families each month. In addition, the Emergency Food Bag program allows clients to receive a grocery bag filled with a week's supply of food from the food pantry once per month. A portion of the food in the food pantry comes from local food drives, such as the one at PEAC in November.
The items they need most are: canned meats and vegetables, hearty soups, low sugar cereal, peanut butter, jelly, rice, pasta and sauces, juices and shelf milk.
ArtSpace helps the clients of HomeFront develop necessary life building skills using art as therapy. Ruthann Traylor, Director of ArtSpace states, "We feel the creative process helps build self-esteem and improve emotional well-being." ArtSpace promotes socialization, self-confidence and self-sufficiency to help its clients cultivate the skills necessary to become independent.
HomeFront provides an array of preventive emergency and long-term support services for families who are in danger of becoming homeless. These services include temporary shelters, affordable housing, educational programs for children, and life-skills and employment readiness training for adults.
"PEAC is glad to continue our relationship with HomeFront," said Christine Salmon, PEAC's Program and Events Coordinator. "We enjoy giving the artists a venue for their art, and we are always overwhelmed by our members’ generosity toward the food drive."
The HomeFront ArtSpace display and food drive at PEAC are open to the public. For more information about HomeFront visit www.homefrontnj.org. For more information about ArtSpace, contact Ruthann Traylor at RuthannT@homefrontnj.org.
For other inquiries, please contact Becky DiPierro by email, or by phone at 609-883-2000. PEAC is located at 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ.